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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maggie Grace and Ryan Kwanten Join Rob Cohen's "CATEGORY 5"


Ralph Ineson, Randy Couture, Melissa Bolona and Jamie Andrew Cutler are also Joining the Cast, with Principal Photography set to Begin August 1, 2016

LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2016) – Coinciding with the 15 Year Anniversary of Rob Cohen’s 2001 blockbuster hit, The Fast and the Furious, Foresight Unlimited announced today that Maggie Grace (Taken, Twilight), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Huntsman: Winter's War) will star in Rob Cohen' new action/thriller alongside previously set lead, Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur, Fantastic Four).

Randy Couture (The Expendables, “Hawaii Five-0”), Melissa Bolona (Dog Eat Dog, I Am Wrath) and Jamie Andrew Cutler (Kick-Ass 2) have also joined the cast.

Pre-production is fully underway with the recent hires of D.O.P. Shelly Johnson (Captain America), production designer Barry Robison (Hacksaw Ridge), VFX supervisor Adam Howard (Titanic), and SFX Coordinator, Elia Popov (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).  Casting directors are Nancy Foy (U.S.) and Kate Dowd (U.K.).

With a script written by Rob Cohen, Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Kebbel), a treasury agent (Grace), and the meteorologist’s ex-marine brother (Kwanten). Together they must not only survive the storm, but also stop the mastermind thieves, headed by Inneson, from accomplishing the heist of the century.

Grace is best known for her riveting performance in the Taken trilogy alongside Liam Neeson, as well as her award-winning performance in the TV series "Lost" directed by J.J. Abrams. Her upcoming projects include the Darren Aronofsky produced 478, where she stars opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger & Scoot McNairy, and A Scent of Rain & Lightning that she produced and stars opposite Maika Monroe.  Grace is represented by UTA and Zero Gravity Management.

Kwanten is best known for his lead role in HBO’s “True Blood” alongside Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin, and most recently joined fellow Aussie Toni Collette in voice for Australian hit Blinky Bill the Movie and starred in Kidnapping Mr. Heineken opposite Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington. He is represented by CAA, LINK Entertainment, The Artists Partnership and RGM Artists.

Ineson most recently appeared in The Huntsman: Winter's War alongside Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, and Charlize Theron. Six-time world heavyweight and light heavyweight UFC champion Randy Couture most recently starred in ”Hawaii Five-0” as well as The Expendables franchise alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford. Bolona recently starred alongside Nicholas Cage in Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, which made its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Cutler is best known for the CW series “Legends of Tomorrow”.

Ineson is represented by Gordon and French, Couture by The Gersh Agency, Bolona by Mavrick Artists Agency and TWM Talent Agency and Cutler by Agency for the Performing Arts.

Foresight Unlimited is handling foreign sales and introduced Category 5 to foreign buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival in February where the film has practically sold out.

Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr., and Rob Cohen are producing. Bill Immerman, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Christopher Conover, and Allie Greenleaf Maldonado are executive producing.

Foresight most recently announced Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure starring Scott Eastwood and Ed Harris. The slate also includes: Peter Segal’s $130M sci-fi epic Inversion starring Travis Fimmel; Michael Mailer’s Blind starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin; and the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold starring Emmy® and Grammy Award® Winner Justin Timberlake.

About Foresight Unlimited
Foresight Unlimited is one of the industry’s leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies.  With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, CEO, Mark Damon is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer. The company’s management group is helmed by President Tamara Birkemoe who oversees all aspects of the company’s slate.

Damon has produced and distributed such notable films as: Academy Award ® winner Monster, Academy Award® nominee Das Boot, Lone Survivor, 9 1/2 Weeks, Once Upon a Time in America, The Never Ending Story, Never Say Never Again, and The Lost Boys.


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